The Scottish Centre for the Book (SCOB)

The Centre has been established since 1995 and acts as a focus for research and knowledge transfer in publishing, the material book and print culture. Over recent years the centre has attracted over a million pounds in research funding from various sources including the AHRC, ESRC, British Academy and the Carnegie Trust.

This Centre is about more than books, more than Scotland and more than history.

We undertake a range of commissioned research on the social and economic aspects of the publishing industry and on the creative industries in general. Our aim is to enhance and promote the study of print culture in all its forms. Print culture is a young field, international in scope and interdisciplinary in nature, which has advanced rapidly over the past twenty years to the forefront of academia to become the most dynamic and exciting field of studies currently developing in the area of the humanities.

Our aims are to:

  • Inform Policy
  • Add to Knowledge
  • Create Resource
  • Engage the Public

Contemporay themes of the Centre’s work

  • Authors and the current condition of authorship
  • Reading development and reading amoung teenagers
  • Creative rights exploitation by authors and publishers
  • ‘Small-nation publishing’ across Europe

Link to SCOB page: www.napier.ac.uk/scob

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